Subject: I noticed you didn’t have any Oecobius sp. (wall spider) pictures
Location: Houston area, but they are pretty widespread
September 16, 2013 8:16 pm
These are pretty small spiders, so there is a chance nobody has noticed them to be identified.
Here are the pictures (I had to resize them, they were too big)
#1 is probably a female
#2 is a male
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Dear The giant cookie,
Thank you so much for bringing this gap in our coverage to our attention. We have created a Wall Spiders subcategory just to house your posting. According to BugGuide, they are found near: “houses, stucco walls, under bark on trees and grape vines, rocks.” Perhaps only negligent housekeepers who rarely dust, like our editorial staff, are the only folks who would notice Wall Spiders in the home. We have been aware of them for years because it seems they are among the only creatures in Los Angeles that feed upon the invasive Argentine Ants, though the ant population far exceeds the spider population. Wall Spiders often create lairs in crevices around windows, and in seldom disturbed corners of rooms. We are thrilled with your excellent photos of this often overlooked Wall Spider.